A painting by Brian Bishop 'Dessie' A painting by Bonnie Brown 'Violet Separation'

The Studio at The Slade Centre provides the perfect setting for exhibiting
contemporary art. For visiting artists it can both inspire and
promote creativity.


Since it opened in 2000, The Slade Centre has built an enviable reputation for showing some of the very best works by contemporary artists from the South West and beyond, and has established itself as one of the most important and exciting exhibiting spaces in the area.

This year's exhibition season at The Slade Centre opens with 'Thinking Line - Making Space' which features work by Pennie Elfick and Tony Martin, two of the South West's leading abstract artists. Both are drawn by the possibilities of the space created by lines, and take inspiration from the world they see around them. However they respond to such inspiration in quite different ways. - for Pennie it is about paint, colour and layers, for Tony it is about line and the spaces between the lines.

Pennie Elfick and Tony Martin were interviewed recently by Dorset writer and journalist, Nick Churchill. The resulting piece, which gives useful background to the exhibition and fascinating insight into the work on display, can be read here.

‘Thinking Line - Making Space’ opens on Saturday, 24 March and continues to Sunday, 15 April. Pennie and Tony will be talking about the work in the exhibition and their practice in conversation with Anne Hitchcock on Saturday, 7 April at 3pm. To reserve a place please use the contact details below. 

The gallery at The Slade Centre is open on Saturday 24 March and Sunday 25 March and thereafter opens Thursday to Sunday each week, closing Monday to Wednesday. The exhibition closes on Sunday 15 April. Opening times are from 10am to 5pm.

For further information on this and other forthcoming exhibitions, or to discuss the possibility of exhibiting at The Slade Centre, contact Anne Hitchcock at the address below.


As those who have participated in a class or workshop at The Slade Centre will attest, The Studio is the perfect space in which to work and is available for hire to artists for short, concentrated periods of work. It is hoped that this will be of benefit to those who wish to take time away from their normal working schedules, perhaps to complete a body of work; to develop new ideas; or rethink their practice in some way.

Elaine Collett, who teaches the art classes at The Slade Centre, has made use of The Studio to complete a major body of work which continues explorations she began during an MA at Arts University Bournemouth. She speaks enthusiastically of her time working in The Studio and says...

‘If it hadn’t been for this space I would never have been able to carry on with the work which I started at Bournemouth. I have been able to paint much larger pieces than would otherwise have been possible, and the peace and quiet has enabled me to focus properly without interruptions. And of course the light is fantastic!’

Elaine held a solo exhibition of her work in October 2014. Entitled Beyond Green, details of this exhibition and the works shown are available on request. She continues to work in The Studio and we look forward to her next exhibition.

To discuss hiring The Studio for your own project, contact Anne Hitchcock at the address below.


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Anne Hitchcock
The Slade Centre
The Square

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